The Order of Friars Minor is a world-wide religious order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. The friars at Arch St. belong to Holy Name Province (HNP), one of seven provinces which constitute the Order of Friars Minor in the United States. In 2018, the friars of six of the seven provinces voted to become one new (yet-to-be-named) Province, leaving one new large province and one small province in the U.S.

From Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2, there will be a gathering of 400 friars of this new entity in Denver CO. About half of the friars from Arch Street will attend this initial, historic, week-long gathering of this soon-to-be formed entity.

Because of the week-long absence of a number of priests, we had to make some decisions about what to omit and what to leave on the liturgical schedule. Fr. Frank and I decided to retain the entire weekly Mass schedule and eliminate all of the confession times for that five-day period. We hope that you understand that this change is necessary due to a historic, one-time event far away from Boston. The last day of the regular confession schedule is Sunday, July 28, and that schedule resumes in full on Saturday, August 3, at 10am. Again, the Mass schedule during that week is as always.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please pray for us during our meeting, as we will for you.

Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM
Executive Director